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by Tim Beissmann

The first-ever Mini 5 Door hatchback will steal sales from the Volkswagen Golf and Mazda 3, according to British-based brand’s local chief.

Speaking with CarAdvice at the launch of the Cooper 5 Door, Mini Australia national manager Kai Bruesewitz said he expects Australians will “absolutely” shop the larger and more practical Mini variant against more traditional and conservative small cars.

“Obviously the Golf is a great car and since we are thinking we have a great car too we wouldn’t mind getting a bit of their share,” Bruesewitz said.

“[The Golf is] a solid model and very settled too, [but] we are probably now in a better position than we have ever been in the past when we had a significant premium surcharge and now we are comparable – we are still premium but we think there is now a much bigger possibility to gain.

“And we have to conquest with 5 Door, we don’t just want to sell within our brand.”


Bruesewitz identified the Audi A1 as the Mini 5 Door’s most direct rival in terms of size, specification and price, with both measuring approximately four metres from nose to tail and both pitched as premium vehicles: the Audi priced from $26,500 to $39,900, the Mini from $27,750 to $40,400.

The local boss expects the new 5 Door will become Mini’s top-selling model in Australia, outperforming even the traditional three-door hatch due to Australia’s preference for the extra set of doors and the versatility of a fifth seat. The pair is equipped identically, with the 5 Door commanding a $1100 premium.

Bruesewitz said despite the shift away from three-door models in Australia – Audi dropped the three-door A1 earlier this year, while many others have also disappeared in recent times – there would always be demand for the iconic three-door Mini.

“We are thinking 60:40 for the 5 Door, but the market will tell us,” he said.

“The three-door will still have reason for existence because while the driving capabilities are similar the three-door is still a shorter car with a shorter wheelbase, and probably more relevant for childless couple and singles.

“[It’s] not our intention [to drop the three-door Mini]. We want to maintain a significantly relevant three-door mix, and it’s still $1100 cheaper than the 5 Door and obviously comes with two less doors, but we think there is a market there for both.”

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As with the three-door, the Mini 5 Door range initially includes three variants: the $27,750 Cooper, $32,900 Cooper D and $38,050 Cooper S. A 5 Door Cooper One base model will join the line-up early next year, lowering the price of entry to $25,600. All come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, while the optional six-speed automatic adds $2350.

Powering the Cooper is a 100kW/220Nm 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine, which consumes 4.9 litres of premium unleaded on the combined cycle (5.0L/100km auto) and claims to sprint from 0-100km/h in 8.2 seconds (8.1sec auto).

The Cooper D gets an 85kW/270Nm 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo diesel engine that manages consumption of just 3.8L/100km (3.9L/100km auto) and acceleration of 9.4 seconds (9.5sec auto).

The sporty Cooper S tops the range with a 141kW/280Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol motor. The auto has superior figures to the manual, as those versions can hit triple figures in 6.8 seconds and use 5.5L/100km combined, whereas the manual version’s figures are 6.9sec and 6.0L/100km).

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At 3982mm long (Cooper S 4005mm), 1727mm wide, 1425mm tall, and riding on a 2567mm wheelbase, the 5 Door is 161mm longer and 11mm taller than the regular hatch, as well as 72mm longer between the wheels.

Mini says all of that extra wheelbase length translates directly to an equal increase in rear legroom, while the 5 Door also offers more headroom and width at elbow height. The boot is also 67 litres larger than that of the three-door, measuring 278L, and expanding to 941L with the 60:40 split-fold rear seats pushed forwards.

Where fitted, Driving Modes allow Mini owners to flick between ‘Sport’ and ‘Green’ modes, which alter the characteristics of the accelerator, steering, engine acoustics, auto transmission shifts and ambient lighting, as well as the available dynamic dampers, which can be set to ‘Sport’ and ‘Comfort’ tunes.

The 5 Door inherits all of the new technologies that debuted in the third-generation hatch earlier this year, including pedestrian detection and auto braking; adaptive cruise control; reverse-view camera; head-up display; auto reverse parking; and LED headlights, daytime running lights and tail-lights.

With the analogue speedometer now positioned conventionally behind the steering wheel, the centre console is free to accommodate large infotainment systems, including the 6.5-inch display version standard in Cooper D and S, and an optional 8.8-inch unit that’s operated via a touchpad controller.

Mini has also ramped up the customisation potential of the new model, offering a range of body, roof and mirror-cap colours, as well as decorative trim colours and styles, interior surfaces, bonnet stripes, seat upholsteries, and other accessories.


2015 Mini 5 Door: Key features model by model

Mini 5 Door Cooper
1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine
Six-speed manual/automatic transmissions
Stop/start engine
Keyless engine start toggle
15-inch alloy wheels
Auto headlights and wipers
Leather steering wheel
Floor mats
Cloth seats
Manual air conditioning
Bluetooth phone connectivity
Six airbags
Rear parking sensors

Mini 5 Door Cooper D (changes/gains over Cooper)
1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo diesel engine
Six-speed manual/automatic transmissions
16-inch alloy wheels
Dual-zone climate control
6.5-inch LED centre display screen
Extended Bluetooth functionality including audio streaming
Clear indicator lenses
Front fog lights

Mini 5 Door Cooper S (changes/gains over Cooper D)
2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine
Six-speed manual/automatic transmissions
17-inch alloy wheels
Front sports seats
Cloth/leather combination upholstery
Black chequered trim
Satellite navigation
Bonnet scoop
Dual chrome tailpipes
Chrome Cooper S side scuttles


Mini 5 Door pricing
Cooper manual $27,750
Cooper auto $30,100
Cooper D manual $32,900
Cooper D auto $35,250
Cooper S manual $38,050
Cooper S auto $40,400 ($40,700 sports auto)


Major options
18-inch alloy wheels $2500 Cooper, $1850 Cooper D, $700 Cooper S
Full leather upholstery $2400-$2700
Sports automatic transmission with paddles, launch control and JCW steering wheel $2650 (Cooper S only)
Driving Modes $250 (standard in Cooper S)
Dynamic dampers $700 (requires Driving Modes)
Reverse-view camera $470 (requires 6.5- or 8.8-inch screen)
Panoramic sunroof $1900
LED headlights, daytime running lights and tail-lights $1500
Adaptive LED headlights, daytime running lights and tail-lights $1800
Driver assistance package with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and high beam assist $1350
Front parking sensors $700
6.5-inch screen $750 (Cooper only)
Satellite navigation $1100 (standard in Cooper S, Cooper requires 6.5-inch screen)
Navigation Professional with 8.8-inch screen, 3D maps, 20GB hard drive and touchpad controller $1400 (Cooper D and S only)
10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system $1200
Head-up display $700
Super solid paint $400
Metallic paint $800